We’ve put together 21 funny Mothers Day messages ideas to create a memorable card. You can either use these ideas as inspiration, or ‘borrow’ them to create your own funny Mother’s Day message.
Most mothers will receive a stock standard Hallmark Mother’s Day card, with a generic message on the inside and a cliché picture on the front. Your mother isn’t stock standard is she?! She deserves something personal.
These 21 creative and funny Mother’s Day messages will show your Mum just how much you care.
Ideas For Creative & Funny Mothers Day Messages
1) A Rap
Write your Mum the freshest rap she’s ever heard. It doesn’t matter if she’s into rap music or not (let’s be honest, she probably isn’t). It’s fun to write, funny to hear, and it will give you a chance to test your rhyming skills. We thought we’d give it a go…
‘Hey there mum you got it goin’ on,
Ever since I was born you’ve done me proud,
Rockin’ up to Spellin’ Bees and shoutin’ real loud,
You didn’t care that the crowd thought you were a freak,
You did it all for love and that’s the truth I speak’
Okay… not great. We’re sure you can do better. Check out 2Pac’s classic Dear Mama for some inspiration.
2) A Haiku Poem
Haiku poems are an ancient form of Japanese Poetry. They’re a little tricky to get the hang of, but once you get on a roll they’re really addictive. You’ll want to be writing them all the time, not just as a Mother’s Day message. They’re super short poems so you won’t be labouring to write verse after verse.
A Haiku is composed of 17 syllables, broken down into three lines:
First line: 5 syllables.
Second line: 7 syllables.
Third line: 5 syllables.
When you first start reading haikus, they can sound random and make little sense at all. But the more you read, the more you get to understand them. Even if you don’t understand them, they sound really nice.
Haikus can also be hilarious. The comedy prodigy Bo Burnham has mastered the ancient Japanese art form.
Here’s a sample from his book, Egghead:
My aunt used to say
Slow and steady wins the race
She died in a fire
You can watch more Haiku performances by Bo Burnham on YouTube.
Take inspiration from Matsuo Basho and Bo Burnham and write a Haiku as your Mother’s Day poem. No pressure though, Mums will appreciate that you took the time to learn a Japanese poem style for her.
3) An Acrostic Poem
The first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase.
Here’s an example we prepared earlier:
Mum you’re a rose in a garden of daffodils;
Thank-you for everything,
How you never kicked me out I do not know,
Except that… I was your legal responsibility.
Ringing home is all you asked for,
So I didn’t buy flowers.
Don’t be mad as I have something honest to say,
All my good qualities I credit to you, and also I took $20 from your purse once.
You’re welcome and I’m sorry about the cash!
Now, that acrostic poem could use some serious work. So here’s a clever Mother’s Day poem that’s ready to go in your card. It’s by Olarewaju Oladipo, who incorporated an acrostic poem into a Mother’s Day message:
“I am so thankful to MOTHER for making my ordinary life extraordinary. MOTHER – Multiplied Opportunities Through Her Endless Reinvention.”
Some other ideas for acrostic poems are ‘I love you’ (8 lines), or if you have lots and lots of time to kill ‘You’re The Best Mum in the World and I love you’ (36 lines).
If you want to learn more, you can find an in-depth lesson on acrostic Mother’s Day poemshere.
4) A Proverb
A proverb is a short saying that states a truth or piece of advice. Mum’s have an unbelievable talent for dishing out advice. “Your skirt’s too short!” and “Go do your homework” are the wise and ancient proverbs passed down through generations from Mother to daughter. Why not create some new proverbs this Mother’s Day?
Here are some proverbs you will recognise, followed by their Mother’s Day adaption:
– When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
When the going gets busy, Mum gets going.
– Two wrongs don’t make a right.
Two complaining children don’t make them right.
– The pen is mightier than the sword.
Mum’s disappointment is mightier than a smack.
– When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When in Mum’s house, do whatever she tells you.
– The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
The squeaky wheel gets Mum’s attention.
– Better late than never.
Better late than never calling Mum.
– You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
You can’t raise a kid without leaving a few emotional scars.
Here are some original proverbs about Mum’s you can use:
– Ringing home once saves five calls from Mum.
– Without Mums there is no clean underwear in the morning.
– Mother’s Day is so we can focus on ourselves the other 364 days.
– Grandmas are mothers on steroids.
– Mothers know best because they’ve already made your mistakes.
There’s a proverb, ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’. If you want to take that advice then feel free to write your own proverb – I’m sure you can do better than those above. You could write a proverb that uniquely fits your Mum!
5) An Idiom
An idiom is a figure of speech which the meaning cannot be taken literally.
Here are some examples:
Hold your horses
Cool as a cucumber.
Kick the bucket.
You can find heaps more illustrated idioms to serve as Mother’s Day ideas from BoredPanda.
Here’s some idioms about mothers followed by with some comments to make them more personal. Some are sweet and some are sour, it’s flavoursome that way:
– A face only a mother could love.
You love me right?
– Like mother like daughter.
Your mistakes are my mistakes.
– Necessity is the mother of invention.
I needed a mother so you invented the best one.
– The mother of all.
Wait, how many kids did you have?
– A mother hen.
Aren’t you glad this egg hatched?
– A mummy’s boy.
You think I’m tough don’t you mummy?
– Experience is the mother of wisdom.
You sure look experience and I sure feel wise.
– Failure is the mother of success.
Things are going well for me, I hope that doesn’t reflect poorly on you.
The personal touch is what your Mum will appreciate most. Try adding your own comments about your relationship with your Mum to make it more personal.
6) A Joke
Why is a Mum’s sense of humour so important? We have somebody to laugh at our jokes.
Making your own Mum laugh is like shooting fish in a barrel with a bazooka. As you both enjoy a shared joke, include one in your Mother’s Day message this year.
Here’s a little joke to start you off:
What do you call a small Mum? A minimum.
You could follow that small joke up an anti-joke.
What do you call a large Mum? Fat.
Ouch. To get you out of trouble from that anti-joke you, need an antidote joke. A complimentary joke works best:
Priest: Tell me, Johnny. Do you say your prayers before eating?
Johnny: Nope. My Mum’s a good cook.
Now finish off with a joke at Dads expense:
Son: Do you know the difference between a pack of cookies and pack of elephants?
Dad: No, what?
Son: Then it’s a good thing Mum does the grocery shopping!
If they weren’t to your taste, you can find more Mother’s Day jokes here. If you want to write your own jokes, be sure to check out this short summary on writing funny by the Dilbert cartoonist, Scott Adams.
7) A Drawing
If you have a talent with pens, pencils, paintbrush, styluses or any other cylindrical device you could use it to create an original Mother’s Day card.
You may find inspiration in these incredible 3D pencil drawings from BlazePress:
If you’re no Picasso don’t fret. You can still draw a striking drawing for Mum in 10 minutes.Here’s an easy tutorial to draw a heart and flowers in your Mother’s Day card. Before doing your final drawing on her card, do a practice piece first.
8) A Collage
What’s better than one picture of you with your Mum? Hundreds of pictures. Putting together a collage of photos is a Mother’s Day idea that will knock your Mum’s socks right off her feet and out the window.
Now, I’m sure some of you may worry that making a handmade collage is a tedious job. Don’t fret. You can use that time to think of how you’ll use all those brownie points you will score off your Mum. Roast dinners? Washing? A ride? You’ll be ready to make the most of being in her good books.
Here’s a guide to build a stunning handmade, heart-shaped collage like the one above.
If you don’t want to go the old-fashioned route, that’s okay too. Online collages look amazing. They could make a great desktop or phone background for your Mum. Check out Fotor for stunning and easy designs.
9) A Meme
For those that have just walked out of the amazon jungle and joined modern society, a meme is an idea that spreads across the internet. There have been many viral memes, from ‘Forever Alone’, ‘Ermahgerd’ to ‘Scumbag Steve’.
Here are some great memes to add to your Mother’s Day messages:
10) A Photo
A photo of yourself is something your Mum cherishes. Maybe you have a graduation photo or travel photo that would look great framed? Parents love having pictures of their children to show off to their friends. You will get extra brownie points if your photo has her in it.
Since you have such a lovely Mother’s Day idea, why not have a little fun with your photo first? Instead of only putting in the picture of you, put a gag picture in front of it so when your Mum opens it there is a silly picture instead of one of you. After she looks at you puzzled and you’ve had a good laugh, you can take out the gag photo revealing a lovely photo of you for her to enjoy. Aren’t you sweet?!
Some gag photos include Donald Trump, Kanye West or Oprah Winfrey (unless your Mum actually likes Oprah and would appreciate that gift).
11) A Riddle
Scientists have discovered a way to increase the value of presents without spending a cent. The secret is to make them work for it. The more they work, the more gifts are valued. By giving your Mum a riddle, and then holding her present hostage until she solves the riddle, she will love her present even more. Sneaky.
Here are a few riddles you can put in your Mother’s Day card:
Q: The doctor and a boy were fishing. The boy was the doctor’s son, but the doctor was not the boy’s father. Who was the doctor?
A: His mother. (Note, this works better by substituting doctor for your Mum’s profession).
Q: If one mother, seven children and three dogs were under one umbrella, how come none of them got wet?
A: It wasn’t raining.
Q: What are the three quickest ways of spreading a rumour?
A: The internet, phones and telling your Mum.
Q: Lisa’s Mum has 4 children. The 1st was named April, the 2nd was May, and the 3rd was June. What was the 4th child named?
These riddles are sure to make your Mum’s brain work, making her appreciate your Mother’s Day present even more.
12) A Crossword
You can create your very own personalised crossword for your Mum as a Mother’s Day message. Instead of conventional clues and answers, make them personal to your relationship and family. For example, one clue could be; what was the name of my pet guinea pig?
Along with your personalised clues, here are some silly clues that mothers can relate too, thanks to MothersDayCelebration.com:
Clue: Somebody who actually needs to ask if the kids would like some ice cream.
Clue: What you call your child when you’re mad at him.
A: Full Name.
Clue: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
Clue: How we want our children to be for as long as they do everything we say.
Clue: A child who is more talented than yours.
A: Show Off.
Clue: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman pyjamas.
A: Top Bunk.
If you want to create your own crossword with your own clues, you can do so online here.
If you don’t have time to build a crossword puzzle from scratch, relax. You’re in luck. Here’s one AusPacMedia prepared earlier.
13) A Story
Why not tell a story of your past? I know my Mum always loves when I remind her of the time she accidentally gave me a reverse Mohawk at the tender age of 5. Can you think of a story you’d like to bring up with your Mum? It could be silly, endearing, embarrassing or meaningful. Maybe you could write a true story your Mum never knew about, like the time you snuck out of home to go to a party and woke up in another state.
Here are some questions that may prompt details in your own story:
- How old were you?
- Where were you?
- Why do you remember this memory so well?
- Who else was there?
- What happened after?
- Were you afraid to share this memory? Why?
Remember, it’s not only what happened, but how you felt about it that makes a great Mother’s Day message.
14) A Cut-and-Paste Note
We’ve all seen cut-and-paste notes in movies, it’s often how a kidnapper communicates their demands. Well, you can make your own demands with cut up letters. Your Mother’s Day message can demand that your Mum enjoys her day, or instead lets her know that you love her to the moon.
This is especially effective if you find it hard to express your feelings. You don’t have to say them. You don’t even have to write them. All you have to do is cut and paste.
15) A Video Message
Video messages are a great way to literally show Mum know you’re thinking of her. Mums love hearing their children’s voice, so seeing your face as well will make a more memorable Mother’s Day message.
If you’re living overseas, interstate or simply aren’t able to visit your Mum, a video message can help bridge that gap. Letters and cards are great, but a video can convey your tone, body language and of course your smile that Mum’s love to see. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words are a video message worth?
If you’re born for the spotlight, this is a fun way to let your Mum know that you care. We all have access to video on our phones and webcam, so they are easy to make. Just make sure you send the right file.
16) A Message in a Bottle
A Mother’s Day message in a bottle is a fun gift no matter the situation. It’s especially fun if you’re living far away from your Mum, and even more fun if she complains about that fact. You can play up to your distance by sending her a message in a bottle. Now, as humorous as she may find it, she will also be missing you. Be sure to include a sincere message in the bottle as a nice surprise.
Here’s a video to show you how to make a pretty, handmade message in a bottle that your Mum will treasure.
Warning: If you use a wine bottle to deliver your message, she may see the bottle and mistake it for wine. You wouldn’t want to disappoint your Mum would you? Along with your message, give her a bottle of wine.
17) An Edible Message
What’s better than a sweet message to your Mum? A message that’s sweet because it’s made from sugar and can be enjoyed twice; one reading it and once eating it.
You can go with a sweet message:
Cakes aren’t your only option. You can make edible Mother’s Day messages with biscuits, meringues, lollies, fruit, chocolate or ice-cream. If it’s sweet, it can be your Mother’s Day treat.
Cheeky, naughty and rude Mother’s Day messages are best on something edible. That way your Mum can have a laugh and then destroy the evidence. Here a few that messages that may make your Mum laugh:
– I love how we don’t even need to say out loud that I’m your favourite child.
– Insanity is hereditary: you get it from your children!
– Ingredients for Mother’s Day cake: patience, forgiveness and caffeine.
– You put the mother in smother. In a good way.
– Thanks for changing my diapers and stuff.
Not everyone is a master baker, so consider getting your edible Mother’s Day idea custom-made from a professional. If you’re in Melbourne, try Fantasy Cakes.
18) A Quote
“Somebody else has already said it best. If you can’t top it, steal from them,” I stole that quote from the movie ‘American History X’.
Thinking of something uniquely clever to say can take a lot of time and energy. Why reinvent the wheel? Here are a collection of quotes that your Mum can relate to, and quotes to show your love.
Quotes from Mashable that your Mum can relate to:
“It’s be great if my kids could make something I actually want out of macaroni and glue, like a bottle of wine.” – Kelly Oxford.
“If you like people who do stupid shit all the time, become a parent.” – Stephanie McMaster.
“Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” – Tina Fey.
“Did you know, when kids go to bed, you can hear yourself think again? I sound fabulous” – Paige Kellerman.
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller.
“Waking your kids up for school the first day after a break is almost as much fun as birthing them was.” – Jenny McCarthy.
“The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.” – Dorothy Parker.
Quotes to tell your Mum you love her:
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller.
“A mother loves her children unconditionally. However they wrong her, she’ll carry on loving them.” – Alaa Al Aswany.
“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama.
The right funny quote combined with an honest loving quote can turn any ordinary Mother’s Day cards into one that she remembers and treasures.
19) Cards Against Humanity Message
Playing Cards Against Humanity with your Mum is brave. It can be awkward and uncomfortable. If you’ve done it, we salute you. If you don’t know why it’s brave, check out these pics:
You can find some more hilarious Cards Against Humanity combinations here. To include them in your Mother’s Day message, print them, write them our or send them via email. Your entire family will enjoy having a laugh at them.
Cards Against Humanity is a ridiculously fun game. If these pictures made you laugh, consider buying the game for your Mum and creating even more laughs.
20) Calligraphy Message
If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this video of master calligrapher Seb Lester, who is keeping this art form alive and inspiring artists around the globe.
Now that you’re inspired, here’s a video of ‘How to DIY Modern Calligraphy’. Calligraphy is a great way to show Mum your artistic skill and ability to learn new art forms.
A Mother’s Day Card with hand drawn calligraphy will stand out against the millions of printed cards. The effort of creating your own Mother’s Day card will show your Mum how much you care.
21) A Puzzle
Mums are natural problem solvers. Lost your phone? Mum will find it. Not sure which girl/boy to ask out? Mum knows. Hungry? Not anymore thanks to Mum.
Mums have built these problem solving skills thanks the thousands of problems you’ve brought her. Let Mum show off her skill by giving her a puzzle as a creative Mother’s Day idea. They can be relaxing, stimulating and a much needed break from her children.
Jigsaws fit this need, but a normal jigsaw isn’t personal enough. Luckily we live in a world where you don’t have to settle for the norm. You can get a personalised puzzle made. How does it work? You send in a picture online, and in the mail you receive a jigsaw puzzle – made out of that picture!
To make an extra special Mother’s Day, order a puzzle with a picture of you and your Mum together, the whole family or a picture from a holiday you went on together. Hopefully your Mum can fit all the pieces together.
Which funny Mothers Day messages will you use?
With these 21 creative Mother’s Day card message ideas, you’re sure to create a day to remember. Have fun, get inspired and most importantly, tell your Mum that you love her!